The Pelican Blog

Postgame report: From the Heat locker room

Heat Head Coach Erik Spoelstra
On the game
“I was encouraged by the second half. That’s a very talented team and in the first half we couldn’t figure it out defensively. They were scoring and moving us around and getting us in some compromising positions and obviously Anthony Davis was outstanding on the glass and they didn’t miss. I was encouraged by the second half to be able to keep them out of the paint and much more active and committed. Not only on the initial part of the defense but to finish the possession with rebounds.”

On LeBron James
“He knows how to ready the game as well as anyone I’ve ever been around. Many of those players aren’t even remotely coachable, it’s just greatness.”

Heat Forward LeBron James
On the game
“We were juggling, possession by possession, both teams. I was able to get in a good rhythm.”

On playing 11 of 14 games on the road:
“It is very tough. It feels like we just got home. We have to refocus on what the road is all about. We have a pretty good record. Not as good as we want, but we’re playing some pretty good ball.”

On Anthony Davis:
“You can see everything clicking for him (Anthony Davis) right now.”

Heat Guard Dwayne Wade
On the game:
“We are an old team; it takes us a while sometimes to get the juices flowing. When we play against a lot of young teams they come in loose and ready, we have to get our body going a little bit. We just have to buckle down on defense and it always helps to be able to get stops and get out on the break and be able to find guys. That always gets the crowd going (the dunks from Dwyane to LeBron James).”

On Anthony Davis:
“He is long. He is very active. In the first half he had like seven offensive rebounds and caused a lot of problems. That guy right there is one of those guys that if he stays healthy, he is going to have an unbelievable career. He is only scratching the surface right now with how good he is going to be. You have to make adjustments, I went to the basket and tried to finger-roll it on the other side of the rim and he still blocked it. You have to always be aware of where he is and make adjustments. I think that in the second half we did a better job of being aware of where he was on both ends of the floor.”

On carrying the chemistry over on the road:
“It is important for us. We know we are a good home team but, we pride ourselves on being a good road team and going out there and getting some tough wins. We try to take it game-by-game. We enjoy the crowds, we enjoy the games and the competition we get on the road.”

Heat Center Chris Bosh
On the game:

On Anthony Davis:
“We tried keeping a body between him (Anthony Davis) and the basket (in the second half).”

On his three free-throws to end the first half:
“Sometimes the psychology of scorers is you want to see the ball go through the net, and free-throws are the best situations to have. I was able to hit all three of them (free-throws) and that gave me confidence going into the second half that the jumper was going to be there and it was going to fall.”